Xavi 'knew' Lewandowski was the key to Barcelona's project in April


Xavi 'knew' Lewandowski was the key to Barcelona's project in April

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The striker has scored 22 goals in 23 games since signing from Bayern Munich

Voracious, hungry, insatiable, maverick, ambitious... Use any adjective you want. Robert Lewandowski, meanwhile, focuses on his own business: scoring goals without stopping and increasing his personal statistics.

Barcelona coach Xavi was clear that Lewandowski was the key player for his project and let the player know as much in April. 

The Polish striker came to lead Barcelona's new project, as the flag bearer of Xavi's idea. As a role model in the dressing room, to contribute on the pitch, but also to unite and provide support for the young players. This week marked six months since the official announcement of his signing. 22 goals in 23 official matches (plus five assists) indicate that it was a massive success. Xavi expected immediate performances, but perhaps not this much.

On Thursday, in Ceuta, 'Lewy' once again put on a clinic. He did not need to appear much in the game before converting his first goal. It came at the start of the second half to make 0-2. Before the end of the game, he closed the rout with his second goal of the night and Barça's fifth. It was a pure, clinical No.9 goal. Two shots on goal, two goals. It is true that in other games he has needed more chances. He is not a robot or an ultra-perfect machine, but he is a player who always wants more and who is never satisfied. He is just what Barça needed and need. He is a striker who, even having won everything, does not have enough.


Until now, wearing the Barça shirt, Robert has participated in four competitions: LaLiga, the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa and the Champions League. He has scored in all of them. Two goals in the Copa, 13 in the League, two in the Supercopa and five in the Champions League. In a month, Barça makes their season debut in the Europa League. If he scores, he would have found the net in five different competitions. Xavi and the team will miss him a lot in the next two league matches against Getafe and Girona. Although against Atlético things could be weathered...

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